Re: what are those "ponds" along the stevenson anyway
Date: February 27, 2010 04:24PM
Yep, they are the sludge pits from MWRD. Ever drive over the LaGrange bridge on a hot, humid day and smell that, um, interesting odor that wafts up from the pits? I worked gate security there at 39th and Central one summer and they had a community open house. We got to take a 'scenic' train ride completely around the facility and out by these pits. When the sludge is dried out it is loaded onto trains which then take it down to its final destination somewhere in southern Illinois (can't remember the exact location). Behind the buildings along Laramie there are test fields where different plants are grown using the reclaimed sludge as fertilizer. It was really an interesting place to work. If there are ever any more of those Open House days, I would totally recommend visiting. They may have ended them after 9/11 though, unfortunately, but understandably.